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The Benefits of Doing Nothing

Susan Pearse

Susan Pearse is a writer, speaker and leadership consultant specializing in mindfulness and attention.

Along with her business partner Martina Sheehan, she is co-founder of Mind Gardener offering mindfulness based retreats and workshops for individuals and organizations.

She is co-author of a number of books including “One Moment Please: It’s Time to Pay Attention”, “Wired For Life: Retrain Your Brain and Thrive”, and the book which forms the basis of today’s discussion, “Do Less Be More: How To Slow Down And Make Space For What Really Matters”.

In today’s episode we discuss why doing nothing matters, some of the reason people find it difficult to let go and relax, we answers questions such as when does productivity spillover into busyness, how to know the difference between relaxing and wasting time, and how relaxation can actually help, rather than hinder, your ambitions.

We also offer a few tips from Susan’s book “Do Less Be More” on how to master the art of doing nothing including how to go on a date with yourself, having a not-to-do list, and the beauty of boredom.

Related Links

SusanPearse.com – Best selling author, leadership expert and co-Founder of Mind Gardener.

MindGardener.com – A space dedicated to supporting your journey with tools, inspiration and guidance.

Mind Gardener – Facebook Page

Book Recommendations

                    

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Unmasking the Imposter Syndrome

Dr. Valerie Young

Valerie Young (@ValerieYoung) is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker and world renowned expert on the imposter syndrome.

Valerie first experienced imposter feelings herself during her graduate program at the University of Massachusetts in 1982, and has studied the phenomenon ever since.

After 30 years of insight, in 2011 she published the award winning book “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It“.

To date, she has taught her “How to Feel As Bright and Capable As Everyone Seems to Think You Are” program to over 80,000 people at organizations such as Boeing, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Apple, Chrysler, and Facebook.

In today’s episode we discuss the origins of the imposter phenomenon, why people experience it, who is most susceptible, why it can be harmful to our careers and mental health, and most importantly, how to overcome it.

 

Recommended Links

ImposterSyndrome.com

Thinking your way out of imposter syndrome – Valerie’s TED Talk

ChangingCourse.com – Turn your interests into income

Books Mentioned in This Episode

                    

 

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Why Procrastination Makes You Depressed (and Depression Makes You Procrastinate)

Dr. Tim Pychyl

Dr. Tim Pychyl (@procrastwitate) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, and the Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education at Carleton University, in Ottowa, Canada. His psychological research is focused on the breakdown in volitional action commonly known as procrastination, and how it relates to personal health and wellbeing.

He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, a Graduate Mentoring Award and the inaugural recipient of the University Medal for Distinguished Teaching.

He is the author of “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change“, the host of the iProcrastinate Podcast, writer of the brilliant Don’t Delay blog at Psychology Today, and founder of the Procrastination Research Group.

In today’s episode we explore how procrastination relates to things like depression and anxiety, we discuss the emotional factors that initiate and drive procrastination, and how it can affect not only your mental, but your physical health and wellbeing, by increasing your chances of things like coronary heart disease.

We discover why we’re terrible at forecasting our future moods and why you’ll never “feel like doing it tomorrow”, how to grease the wheels of productivity and boost your willpower, and why Homer Simpson might have something very profound to teach us about how we treat our future selves.

 

Tim’s Recommended Links

Procrastination.ca – Home of the Procrastination Research Group

iProcrastinate Podcast

Don’t Delay – Tim’s blog at Psychology Today

Books Mentioned in This Episode

                                   

 

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